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Umar Akmal ban reduced from three years to 18 months

Umar Akmal ban reduced from three years to 18 months”

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal's three-year suspension has been halved to 18 months. "I will appeal once more to get my sentence reduced", Akmal was quoted as saying by the local media here after the decision.

Justice (retd) Faqir Mohammad Khokhar announced the decision on an appeal filed by the cricketer.

He added: "The stance taken by the appellant is self-contradictory and not credit-worthy. The case against the appellant stands proved to the hilt", the retired Supreme Court judge added.

Akmal pleaded guilty in April to a charge of failing to report two match-fixing approaches and received a three-year ban for each offence, to run concurrently from February 20.

However, the PCB said the adjudicator, "taking a compassionate view" had reduced Umar's ban to 18 months, backdating the start to February 20 when the player was provisionally suspended.

Umar, who last played for Pakistan in a Twenty20 worldwide against Sri Lanka in Lahore a year ago, appealed against the suspension in May.

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It was a mandatory requirement under Code of Conducts of the PCB Anti-corruption unit.

The anti-corruption code of Pakistan Cricket Board states that players must report all the corrupt approaches to the authorities.

Akmal was provisionally suspended hours before his Pakistan Super League team Quetta Gladiators was to take on Islamabad in the opening match of the 2020 PSL.

Akmal, the youngest of three brothers to play for Pakistan at full worldwide level, made his debut as a teenager in 2009, and has played in 16 Tests, 121 one-day internationals and 84 T20 internationals.

Umar had scored a century on Test debut aged 19 in 2009 and has so far played 16 Tests, 121 ODIs and 84 T20 internationals.

He subsequently submitted and appeal which was heard at the PCB's National High Performance Centre in Lahore.



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